Psychology

Music as a Healer

Miel De Botton | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Miel De Botton

Music has always been my passion, my healer, and the methods I use to still my anxious mind dovetail well with classic music therapy techniques... Music lets us reach emotions that are difficult to reach verbally, become aware of hidden emotions and achieve a catharsis.

Psychologists Find Your Sense of Humour Predicts Depression

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Dr Raj Persaud

Victoria Ando, from St Hugh's College, University of Oxford has recently published a study entitled 'Psychotic traits in comedians', which uncovers a ...

The Psychology of Coping With War

Lucy Maddox | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Maddox

This swapping back and forth between the horrific and the mundane or even jolly, is not uncharacteristic of common ways of ways coping with chronic trauma: the black humour of a doctors' mess, for example. Humour is known to be an effective coping strategy, associated with a lower risk of post traumatic stress disorder.

Frustration vs. Video Game Violence in Real-Life Aggression

Jamie Madigan | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Tech
Jamie Madigan

Games are complex, as are our interactions with them, and there are many theories about what makes for fun, frustrating, or enjoyable game beyond just how much red is on the screen... The "violence in the video games" scene needs to move beyond simply "do they or don't they".

Breaking the Cycle: Unlocking the Science of Bad Habits

Sophie Dundovic | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Dundovic

We all have habits that we want to change: eat less, exercise more, stay out of our overdrafts; but this is easier said than done. Why is it that bad habits are so hard to break and new 'good' behaviours are so hard to stick to?

Are We Losing Sight of Reality in an Increasingly Virtual World?

Tasha Kleeman | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Kleeman

We are completely and utterly addicted to social media. Hours go by as we scroll aimlessly through our newsfeeds, stalking the Instagram pages of beautiful celebrities we've half heard of and tweeting about our lunches... Why? Because social media is wonderfully clever.

30 Fascinating Facts About Fashion Psychology

Karen Pine | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

What you wear affects you psychologically. It can profoundly alter your mood. It also influences how others respond to you. And the visual illusion created by cut and fabric dramatically changes the appearance of your body. Your clothes can affect your job prospects, your love life and even your self-image.

How To Grow Your Business

Sloan Sheridan-Williams | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK
Sloan Sheridan-Williams

Starting a business today is far tougher than a few years ago, not only do you have to know your business, you have to know how to market your business within your budget in a world where companies are spending tens of thousands on marketing and branding.

Internet Trolls: Mind-Numbing Onslaught of Sadists

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

The internet turned out to be the most democratic space which can be accessed by everyone who can use a bit of tech to better their lives and knowledge base... Suicides, depression, anxiety, and humiliation - all these and more are associated with the internet, what with some people using it to vent their sadism out.

The Psychological Benefits of Being an Atheist

Tony Sobrado | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK
Tony Sobrado

When it comes to the atheistic worldview, logic, rationality, empirical demonstration or just simple philosophical argumentation, being an atheist provides very little cognitive dissonance in comparison to theism.

We Don't Really Know Why or How Psychological Treatments Work, and We Need To

Cynthia Joyce | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cynthia Joyce

The development of effective and evidence-based psychological treatments is one of the major triumphs of the last decades. And based on this triumph, some folks say we don't really need to know why they work, we just need more of them. But that is jumping the gun on policy, and may just further embed the status quo into our management of mental health problems.

We Should Give Up Encouraging Girls To Do Science, Says Professor

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK

Schools should "give up" trying to attract more girls into traditional male subjects like computing, engineering and physics, because attempts to brid...

How Can You Live Without Social Media?

Martyn Stewart | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Tech
Martyn Stewart

I wouldn't hide behind a tree or a parked car to follow my ex-girlfriends every move? Nor would I invite every person I meet in a nightclub, to view my daughter's baby pictures. I don't stroll casually down the street screaming at the top of my lungs 'Well done me!' in regards to my personal achievements as I have no desire to be considered conceited or narcissistic.

Why Do Fewer Than One in Three People With Mental Illness Receive Treatment?

Richard Layard | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Layard

While most people with physical illness are in treatment, this is true for fewer than one in three people with mental illness... What could account for this shocking failure? Stigma is one reason. People are ashamed of being mentally ill.

Facebook Almost, But Not Quite, Says 'Sorry'

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Tech

Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg has formally apologised for poor communication about a study in 2012 which saw users have their timeline's altered to s...

'What's the Problem?'

Richard Layard | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Layard

Mental illness is extremely difficult to adapt to - much more so than most physical illness except for unremitting pain. So it is terrible for those who experience it. But it is also bad for business, since it gives rise to nearly half of all days off sick. And it is bad for taxpayers, since mental illness accounts for nearly half of all the people who live on disability benefits. Given all this, you would think that mental illness would be high on the priorities of every government's department of health. But not so.

'If only!' How the Science of Happiness Would Have Helped England Win the World Cup

Andy Cope | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Sport
Andy Cope

Please note, this article isn't 'having a go' at our failed superstars. The lads return on the early flight from Rio (3 weeks early to be fair) with our pride intact. One hard-earned point off those pesky Costa Ricans may not have been enough to qualify for round 2. But there is a bright-side. No hooliganism. And no biting. Plus Roy Hodgson has been unbelievably articulate and upbeat

The Right Way to do Wrong or How to Deceive Others

Ali Cook | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Ali Cook

We're taught that everything happens due to cause and effect. Whereas a magic trick is an effect without a cause (at least no acceptable cause within the normal parameters of reality). This is why magicians refer to tricks as "effects".

NLP: The Best Medicine?

Stella Photi | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stella Photi

It changes patterns of behaviour - Examples include stopping high levels of anxiety, anger and stress. I am a very motivated person, but for me it has helped me achieve higher levels of focus.

Why We Should Be Grateful to Football: Sport and the Decline of Conflict

Steve Taylor PhD | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Sport
Steve Taylor PhD

I'm not a big football fan either, but, as a psychologist, I'm aware that the game carries a lot more weight than may be at first apparent. In fact, I believe that the world as a whole has a great deal to thank football for, because of the social and psychological benefits it has brought over the last 100 years or so.

The Psychology of Dancing at Festivals

Lucy Maddox | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Maddox

Festivals might not quite lead to a dancing plague, but there is a sense that anything can happen. Laura recalled the first year of Wilderness festival: "We ended up teaching hundreds of people the conga, on stage with a bunch of naked people. That has to be a professional first! But this is what we love about Wilderness, you never really know where the experience will take you."

How to Beat Perfectionism... and be the Best!

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

For some perfectionism is an internal wasteland where all positives are ignored and life is like wading through treacle. For others perfectionism makes the outside world never enough and disappointment poisons most activities and relationships. Perfectionists walk a tightrope where impending disaster is held at bay with extreme effort.

No One Talks Anymore

Carina Maggar | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Tech
Carina Maggar

Recent research shows that our phones are proven to be affecting the way we talk, think, have sex, eat and even go to the loo. We have become slaves to technology, only this time, our hands are handcuffed to our phones. Those red circular icons on our home screens have become our very own version of a newborn baby crying out for attention.

Why Multiculturalism is Not Enough

Michael Bond | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Bond

How well do you know your neighbours? By sight? By name? Well enough to know the names of their children? In multicultural Britain we should be asking this question more often, for the answer matters a great deal.

Think You Know How To Spot A Liar?

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

How many times have you told a fib today? According to Robert Feldman, author of The Liar In Your Life: The Way To Truthful Relationships, it’s prob...